accelerator

[ak-sel-uh-rey-ter]

noun


Nearby words

  1. acceleration of free fall,
  2. acceleration of gravity,
  3. acceleration principle,
  4. accelerationist,
  5. accelerative,
  6. accelerator board,
  7. accelerator factor,
  8. accelerator fiber,
  9. accelerator globulin,
  10. accelerator mass spectrometry

Origin of accelerator

1605–15; 1930–35 for def 7; accelerate + -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for accelerator

accelerator

noun

a device for increasing speed, esp a pedal for controlling the fuel intake in a motor vehicle; throttle
Also called (not in technical usage): atom smasher physics a machine for increasing the kinetic energy of subatomic particles or atomic nuclei and focusing them on a target
chem a substance that increases the speed of a chemical reaction, esp one that increases the rate of vulcanization of rubber, the rate of development in photography, the rate of setting of synthetic resins, or the rate of setting of concrete; catalyst
economics (in an economy) the relationship between the rate of change in output or sales and the consequent change in the level of investment
anatomy a muscle or nerve that increases the rate of a function
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Word Origin and History for accelerator

accelerator

n.

1610s, from Latin accelerator, agent noun from accelerare (see accelerate). Motor vehicle sense is from 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for accelerator

accelerator

[ăk-sĕlə-rā′tər]

n.

One that increases rapidity of action or function.
A nerve, muscle, or substance that quickens movement or response.
A catalyst.

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